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Today's News

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • Detectives seek woman who stole from church collection jar

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who stole money from a collection jar last week.

    The woman, described as black with a heavy build and short black hair, took the money from a jar at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Liles at 880-5756.

  • You decide: Should North Carolina make a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books — an occupational necessity for academics — was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU bookstore, which then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived, usually weeks later, I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book.

  • Police investigate stabbing at Leland Food Lion

    Police are investigating an incident last week at Leland’s Food Lion where a woman was stabbed with an oyster knife.

    A Leland police report shows the 44-year-old victim, whose name was redacted, was stabbed Oct. 2 at the store at 103 Village Road. Her condition was not available.

    E911 dispatch records show someone called at 9:19 p.m. to report their daughter had been attacked and stabbed.

    No other information, including a description of the woman’s attacker, was available.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were in special session Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.

    We welcomed a new member, Bob Muller of Pender County, passed a major elections bill, passed new districts for our judges and District Attorneys, and we overrode the governor’s vetoes on two important bills, including the GenX funding.

  • Recovering from illness as flu season kicks off

    Hello again! I took last week off from column writing for two reasons:

    One, we had eight letters to the editor plus guest columns that left no space for my column.

    Two., I was still recovering from a mystery illness that robbed me of the previous weekend. My parents thought I sounded so sick, they alerted my kid brother to come down from Wilmington and take me to the nearest emergency room, believing I was too weak to put up a fight. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.

  • Man sentenced to more than seven years for burglary

    A Clarkton man will spend at least seven years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 39-year-old Jeffery Leon Collins to between 89 and 119 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.

  • Commission suspends OIB real estate agent

    The North Carolina Real Estate Commission suspended an Ocean Isle Beach real estate agent for failing to disclose a felony drug conviction promptly.

    The commission suspended 40-year-old Odell Frasier Bullington of Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach for 12 months.

  • Problem of underage drinking remains within our county and society

    By now, most are aware of the growing opioid epidemic in Brunswick County. Opioids cover a range of highly addictive substances including prescription painkillers, synthetic opioids and black tar heroin, and are abused by no specific age group, class, gender or race.

  • District court docket for Sept. 27, 28 and 29

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 27, 28 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Wednesday, Sept. 27

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

    Daphne A. Aguilera, PG improper equipment.